Blacks need to standup to the traitor; Ward Connerly

Affirmative action ban heads for ballot in 5 states

By Sinclere Lee

You have cowards, you bastards, you have fools, you even have traitor, ergo, you have all kinds if shit in every race of people, but you don’t have all the shit above in one nigger.

Ward Connerly is one of the country’s most rotten, dirty, filthy, slimy, dogs to come from a mammal. This Nigger makes Clarence Thomas look like Malcolm X. This rotten ass Nigger, who has benefited from affirmative action is now the biggest opponent of affirmative action… the thought is so counterintuitive, it makes you want to go and commit suicide.

In 1995, as a member of the University of California Board of Regents, he introduced the resolution that overturned affirmative action in that state’s university system, the largest in the country. And, ain’t one Black graduated from law school system since.

Now, come election time in November, voters in five states might have a decision to make as big as whom to elect president, or that is should we cut them nigger off. In fact, the shit never worked in the first place because it only benefited nigger like Wade Connerly.

Ballot initiatives have been proposed in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma that would give voters the chance to decide whether they want to do away with affirmative action in government-funded projects and public schools.

Ward Connerly, who heads the American Civil Rights Coalition — a nonprofit organization working to end racial and gender preferences — and the main backer of the ballot initiatives, says the 37 word initiative would read: "The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting."

"It would forbid any state or local agency or special district from engaging in preferential treatment," Connerly said.

Bio of this fool

Connerly, who is of African-American and American Indian descent, said affirmative action causes resentment. He criticized cases in which a Caucasian student might be denied a college slot in favor of a black student with a lower grade-point average.

"It's foolish not to think that the kid who is turned away is not going to ... resent that," Connerly said.

Connerly, who grew up in Leesville, Louisiana, said he experienced oppression because of his skin color during his youth.

"If it was wrong when I was born in '39 ... it's wrong now," he said. "If it was wrong to do it against a brown-skinned man, it's wrong to do it against a white man."

Shanta Driver, National Director of United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund -- an organization dedicated to integrating minority students in educational institutions -- said the ballot initiative is a mistake.

"It places us in the position of denying ... equal opportunity to blacks and Latinos," she said.

Driver and other affirmative action supporters believe this movement would erase the progress made since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"It's obviously a huge step backwards," she said.

The ballot initiative, dubbed the Civil Rights Initiative, has already passed in California, Michigan and Washington.

Some 140,000 signed petitions have been submitted in Oklahoma. Backers in the remaining four states have until late March to early July to collect enough signatures for the initiative to be on the November ballot.

If successful, the ballot measures would cut off tax dollars for programs offering preferential treatment based on gender or race.

The issue may have some support in the Supreme Court.

In June, justices threw out public school choice plans that relied on race. That leaves many states uncertain about whether their affirmative action policies will stand up in court and against political scrutiny in this election year.

Two years later he founded an organization called the American Civil Rights Institute, funded in large part by the ultra-conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee. The ACRI led the California Civil Rights Initiative, a successful campaign for a ballot referendum (Proposition 209) to end all affirmative action programs in California state government.

Connerly then took his campaign on the road, helping anti-affirmative action advocates in the state of Washington get a similar proposition (I-200) on the ballot. That proposal also passed. Connerly and the ACRI have now set their sights on Florida and beyond.

Affirmative action isn’t Connerly’s only target. In a quote appearing in the San Francisco Examiner, Connerly said that he wasn’t convinced ethnic studies reflected “a sound academic curriculum rather than the political correctness mind set.” In the same article he called for a review of “all of the infrastructure created back in the 1970s and ‘80s as a result of black nationalism and the black power movement.”

He has recently written a book, called “Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences,” which is both an autobiography and an argument for the elimination of affirmative action. The book is published by San Francisco-based Encounter Books, a new conservative publisher also funded by the Bradley Foundation.

Who is Ward Connerly?

Wardell Anthony Connerly was born in Leesville, La., on June 15, 1939. His father, Roy Connerly, left when his son was two. When his mother died two years later, the young Connerly went to live first with an aunt and uncle and then a grandmother. 1

Connerly has stated he is one-quarter Black, three-eighths Irish, one-quarter French and one-eighth Choctaw.2 While he has variously described himself as both Black and multiracial, he strongly rejects the term African American.3

Today Ward Connerly and his wife Ilene live in an upscale California suburb called Arden Oaks. The Connerly home is “a spacious, shingle-roofed ranch with a pool, assessed at nearly $500,000, with an RV parked on the drive. He bought half-shares in four racehorses, and named one of them Two-O Nine,” after the ballot proposition that many charge will help prevent other Blacks from achieving this level of affluence.4

While Connerly likes to describe himself as a self-made businessman, he had some unusual help. It could be said he had his own personal affirmative action program, in the person of former Republican California governor Pete Wilson.

Connerly began his climb up and out of poverty in the community redevelopment arm of California’s Housing and Community Development Department. In 1968, Wilson, then a young legislator from San Diego, became chairman of the newly formed Assembly Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing. Wilson made Connerly his chief consultant.

At that time, Wilson was pushing a scheme to promote individual tenant ownership of public housing units. Later promoted nationally as an anti-poverty measure by former HUD chairman Jack Kemp, unit ownership would have the practical effect of unloading aging housing projects onto the poor themselves. It would in effect turn low-income tenants into their own slumlords. The tenants would get responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of deteriorating buildings, the cities would get an increased tax base, and the government could rid itself of one more “entitlement” - the obligation to provide low-income housing to the poor. It would also open the profit door to a host of private companies offering various “services” to the new tenant-owners, such as insurance, repairs, maintenance, security, et cetera.

Connerly's relationship with Wilson was the key to his personal advancement. First, he helped Wilson write a series of land-use laws. Then, in 1993, Connerly and his wife Ilene founded Connerly & Associates, a lucrative consulting business that guides municipalities through the implementation of these same laws he helped write for Wilson's committee.

Connerly & Associates also manages the assets of several construction-related associations.4 Perhaps not coincidentally, large white-owned construction companies happen to be among the most vocal opponents to affirmative action.

Connerly was not ungrateful for Wilson's help. According to the government watchdog group Common Cause, Connerly has contributed $108,000 to Wilson's campaigns and has helped him raise millions more. He also serves as chairman of the California Governor's Foundation, which maintains Wilson's homes in Los Angeles and Sacramento.5

Connerly, now a member of the California Chamber of Commerce, often points to his own financial success as proof that affirmative action isn't needed. His opponents, however, accuse him of hypocrisy, charging that his own business is registered as a "minority" company, allowing him to benefit from affirmative action programs he now wants to eliminate for others.

"Someone put a story on the Internet that I had registered as a ’minority’ company," he said in a presentation in Mequon, WI on April 19, 2000, "and once you get something on the Internet, you can't fight it, it stays there forever." He was referring to an article in a San Francisco paper.

Another reference to this issue appears in "The New American," a publication of the John Birch Society, an ultra-right wing, racist organization that supports attacks on affirmative action. The reference attempts to defend Connerly, but actually provides proof of the charge that he has registered as a "minority" business.

In an article entitled "Battling Reverse Discrimination" (Dec. 9, 1996) William F. Jasper wrote, "Connerly flatly denies the charge. ‘If I designated myself ... a minority contractor, I could make a nice piece of change,’ he says. ‘But I don’t. I won’t be defined as an affirmative action businessman.’"

However, the article continues, "[Connerly] concedes that in a few cases new laws and regulations have forced him to certify his company as a minority-owned enterprise in order to keep previous contracts with public agencies. Charles Imbrecht, chairman of California’s Energy Commission, which is one of Connerly’s clients, agrees that [Connerly] is being wrongly accused. ’Mr. Connerly’s self-certification as a minority business enterprise simply means that his firm can meet the requirement that 15 percent of the funds ... do not need to be directed to a separate certified minority firm,’ says Imbrecht."

At any rate, it was political activism, not financial success that has gained Connerly both fame and notoriety.

In a meeting that Connerly describes as a turning point in his life, Pete Wilson introduced Connerly to then-governor Ronald Reagan.

”Although Pete had begun to introduce me to Republicanism, it was my meeting with Governor Reagan that had such an enormous influence. The day after my meeting with the governor, I changed my party affiliation to Republican.” 6

Politically, Connerly has described his own politics as libertarian.7 As a UC regent he voted in favor of providing domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian UC employees and has expressed some support for a woman’s right to abortion. However, he is obviously proud of his strong ties to the larger neo- conservative movement.

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